People are more open than ever to exploring wellness modalities that were once considered fringe. Many of us have navigated through symptoms like brain fog, insomnia, autoimmune issues, and hormonal imbalances to eventually find our solutions in alternative healing therapies. Personally, my own path to healing anxiety and restoring my own nervous system has led me to becoming a breathwork facilitator. And I’m not alone! Many others have experienced incredible healing support, and been inspired to either dive into training to learn it more deeply, or to offer it to others. If this is you, here are a few of the trainings I’ve discovered that offer in-depth learning, certification and a community of personal and practical resources to support your path forward as an aspiring healer.
Led by Shanila Sattar, who I recently took a breathwork training with, this immersive training will give you certification as a Breathwork Facilitator, Sound Healer and Embodiment Coach. A one-year program, this training is for those who want to learn and teach the above modalities, appreciate an approach that’s both science-based and mystical, and want a container of like-minded individuals for support and community. This program is as much about your spiritual growth as it is about career growth. Shanila provides mastermind support along the way to teach students how to best shape up their offer, and create a successful wellness business. This one’s so good.
If you’re drawn to natural spirituality aka nature as your way of feeling connected, you’ll love this 50-Hour Meditation Training program offered by Rooted Beings. This training dives into the history, the modalities, and the scientific benefits of meditation, providing students with a solid context for how to guide others in meditation, along with playlists and sample scripts. During the live (online) four-day training, you’ll have a chance to practice what you learn immediately, as they pair you up to practice the different techniques. A combination of 12 hours of live, online training and 38 practice hours, at completion, you’ll have everything you need to begin leading your community through nature-based meditations, whether you choose to offer meditations in person or via Zoom.
Breathwork is the most healing practice I’ve discovered. Through exploring these breathwork teacher trainings on my own path, I’ve realized that breathwork is a deep and complex modality and one training, in my opinion, will not be enough to competently offer breathwork to others. Because breathwork is in the realm of energy medicine and bodywork (when you learn to do hand-on facilitation), and because of the possible trauma responses, I would recommend doing a few levels of training before guiding others in your community. To safely guide others it’s important to know the key considerations like, is breathwork safe during pregnancy, or how to facilitate breathwork for those with heart or respiratory conditions. These are the four breathwork practitioner training programs I recommend.
A few years ago, I attended a workshop with Melanie Phillips, renowned Ayurveda yoga teacher trainer, after I saw her speak at a yoga conference. I’ve been following her work ever since, as her own story about healing through ayurveda treatment was incredibly compelling. I love how she teaches other practitioners to weave Ayurveda’s holistic approach into everyday life. This program teaches the history and philosophy of Ayurveda, the Doshas, Ayurvedic food and nutrition, the application of Ayurvedic self care, and how to create a successful business. At completion, you’ll have everything you need to start weaving Ayurveda into your own teachings, and offer 1:1 Ayurvedic coaching sessions with clients, to support their physical, emotional, and energetic healing.
Reiki Practitioner Training
If you’re drawn to offer Reiki or weave Reiki into your offering, here are a few training options I’ve come across. This 1:1 Reiki program offered by Andrea Firpo in Oregon, where you’ll get your Usui Reiki attunement, and can become a practitioner or master. Usui is the predominant form of Reiki practised in North America, named after its creator, Dr. Mikao Usui. I’ve also heard great things about the Reiki programs offered by Carrie Bailey at ZenDen, the programs by Lara Elliot, who comes highly recommended for her in-person Reiki trainings, retreats and Energetic Ecology, a traditional Japanese reiki program based in Seattle, and I’ve recently done a training with Robyn Rainey in Vancouver that I loved.
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If you’re stepping onto a new path, it’s normal to feel uncertain. Many of us find ourselves saying, “I’m a healer but …” only to eventually find our confidence through learning to trust our gifts and ourselves. That’s why it’s really important to surround yourself with like-minded visionaries who believe in what you’re stepping into and can reflect the truth of your gifts back to you. This year, many of us are ready to approach our work differently, where it’s less about hustle and more about quantum co-creation. Remember: The gifts you’re bringing forth are as much for others as they are for you, so give yourself the support you need.
As you’re feeling things out for yourself, this Intuition Test is a lighthearted place to start and this article on spiritual entrepreneurship is another great resource. When I’m at a crossroads, I love to book a personal reading, like a 1:1 Akashic Record Reading, do some personal work to move my own energy (here’s a step-by-step on how to unblock chakras) or book a session with a gifted intuitive.
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Written by Monica Krake, certifiedBreathwork Practitioner and founder of Head + Heart. Monica helps businesses get clear on their mission and bring it to life in the most aligned way via breathwork + spiritual website creation.